Shadow and proximity are central to Social Hair's gestural interface, in which a video camera is utilised to monitor movement in space, making the keyboard and mouse redundant. Through their movement in the installation the viewer reconstructs a non-linear narrative of sound and animated image, a short documentary of an obsessive loner. Influenced by Mallarme's theories of guided chance, the spatial organisation of sound and image cells enable the viewer to re-sequence, omit and emphasise individual elements. Participants see their own image spliced into the prerecorded action and their movements infuse multiple readings of a once static narrative with staccato rhythms and new life.
2*IBM 286 PC's, serial interface, MIDI interface, Digithurst Micro Eye TC video digitiser
CCTV Video camera
CRT video projector
Custom software written in C